A (very) brief rundown of off-season happenings in Birdland
by Matthew Taylor
Special thanks to Jay Trucker for mentioning Roar from 34 in his column, "All the news that's fit to upload: Where to get your O's fix in the post-print millenium."
With spring training underway, it's a perfect time to debut the first "100 Words or Less" column of the 2009 season. This edition of 100 Words or Less focuses on the O's off-season using the theme of that whole steroid issue in baseball. Perhaps you've heard a thing or two about it? Look for memorable names and quotes and, of course, lots of double meaning.
Here are your 100 Words or Less:
I’m not here to talk about the past. Or am I?
MacPhail injects hope, signs Markakis.
Wild West culture gives way to Far East. Welcome, Koji.
Cabrera to D.C. but not to testify.
Jones bulks up. Which is larger: bench or bullpen? Size still matters in baseball.
We hope Pie’s not a fraud. Luke's unhappy, but not in rage.
Hail Cesar! Help us misremember last season’s carousel.
Locals juiced about Wieters, Matusz; will their loyalty be vindicated?
There’s no denying – unless it’s Congressional testimony – that O’s won’t contend.
I don't know how to say it any more clearly than that.
Final Word Count: 100 even.